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Into the Silent Darkness

By Elizabeth Alexander

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Mixed Chorus and Piano (SATB choir, violin and piano) - Moderately Advanced
Composed by Elizabeth Alexander. Collegiate Repertoire, Community Chorus, Concert Music. Mystery, Creation, Sacred, Choral. With Text language: English. Duration 6 minutes. Published by Seafarer Press (SF.SEA-088-00).

Item Number: SF.SEA-088-00

Poem by Richard S. Gilbert, "Into the Silent Darkness". Lyric adapted by Elizabeth Alexander.

This atmospheric work praises the mystery that is Creation itself, in all of its fathomless power and beauty. This unforgettable meditation culminates in cascades of whispered alleluias, echoed hauntingly by the violin.
Commissioned by Joyce and Richard S. Gilbert (Rochester, NY) Honorable Mention: Vincent Brown Silliman Anthem Competition

Text: The Beyond from which we come Is hidden in dark moist mysteries of primeval mud And the silence between the stars, Dwells in the recesses of the soul, Beckons us into a wilderness, Reveals itself at its own bidding. From its vast complexity Arises simple ecstasy. We go forth in fear and faith, Knowing not what we will find - We sing our alleluias into the silent darkness, To the Beyond from which we come. Original text copyright by Richard S. Gilbert. Adapted text copyright 2010 by Elizabeth Alexander, for use in musical setting only.

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